content marketing

If you are on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or a number of niche platforms, like TikTock and Snapchat, then you are likely being bombarded by brands, not just through direct marketing and digital advertising, but through brand ambassadorships. There are laws governing how companies can market online to consumers. What hasn’t gotten as much attention are federal regulations surrounding social media users who peddle productsthrough personal posts. Many of these are non-celebrities flattered that a company wants...

Under the Influence: How to Spot Social Media Violators

November 2019

Be Best, Blogger

On a LinkedIn post recently, marketers were debating the value of blogs—those marketing mainstays used to build trust with your prospects, warm up the buying process with engagement and bolster your SEO efforts. Some of those weighing in on LinkedIn suggested to not post “some crappy 500-word blog that your overpaid agency told you to write,” and to “ditch the blog when you have nothing to say.” I 100% agree with those recommendations … and...

Be Best, Blogger

Those who create content need their space, especially when suffering from writer’s block. Some need quiet. Some need motion. Some need deadlines. Some need extensions. Some need clutter. Some need clean. What they all need, though, to break a creative impasse is to ditch their smartphone. Not permanently, of course. Just until you have a breakthrough. Unlike cellphones of old, we now carry Internet-connected computers in our hands, so we can work or play online...

Got Writer’s Block? Ditch Your Smartphone!

At recent networking events, I’ve been mingling with other small business owners and professionals who are interested in advancing their brand online. From financial advisors and real estate brokers to web service providers, wellness coaches and more—most are flummoxed by how to begin to gain attention and traction from prospects while on a tight budget. One piece of advice I offer to jump-start marketing for either their company or personal brand: Create an active blog. ...

How to Begin Marketing Your Brand Using Blogs

Over the years I’ve used different note-taking modes in meetings and conference sessions. Sometimes I use a laptop or tablet; other times, I go with paper and pen. One thing I’ve noticed in that time is how little I actually retain when I am taking notes electronically. Then again, I can make sense of my notes, which isn’t always the case with handwritten ones. Several years ago, a Harvard Business Review intern  wrote about what we...

Is Your Note-taking a Help or a Hindrance?

We’re now weeks away from the official start of summer here in the northern hemisphere. In theory, we should slow down and spend more time outdoors enjoying our natural surroundings. Everything is supposed to be lighter during summer months—the days, clothing, meals and ambitions. As such, our consumption of media often takes a hiatus from heavy material, too. That’s why this month I’m recommending content that left me smiling (and one bonus that didn’t but...

Where Will This Summer Lead You?

Which content marketing resources by B2Bs selling pricey technology solutions should be available to customers on demand? First, marketers must realize that their target decision-makers still span three generations (Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers)—dominators of the U.S. labor force. Second, marketers must understand buyers’ unique decision-making process based on their generation. MarketingSherpa reports that Arketi Group recently surveyed managers and executives from telecommunications, technology, education, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, government and business services industries. The...

Selling Tech: Understanding Each Generation’s Decision Process

I will never donate to certain charities. It’s not that I don’t support their missions; it’s because they keep asking my dead parents for money. After numerous attempts to halt the haunting mail through the U.S. postal service, email and phone requests, the solicitations keep coming— now to my home address 1,500 miles away from where my parents once lived. I don’t ever want my survivors to experience the same emotional pain from such persistence....

List Management in the GDPR Era

Many years ago, I served on focus groups evaluating everything from knee braces and showerheads to ice cream and pasta sauce. It was clear during introductions that we each represented a different consumer. No surprise, we produced a wide range of responses. Sometimes the room remained divided; other instances, a consensus formed as we collectively considered all factors. I thought of those sessions when reading about the latest PR debacle at Google. The search giant...

Who’s Providing Feedback on Your Content Marketing?

In recent weeks, I’ve read and watched tales of two very different entrepreneurs who both led their companies to calamity. They marketed a product or event well before it was ready in order to gain publicity and investors. In both instances, a contractor (among many others) hired to do marketing eventually challenged the CEOs to prove they could do as advertised or pull back on claims. This is perhaps one of the prickly parts of being...

Marketers vs. Makers: What Happens When They Don’t Play Well Together